Target Pajama Recall: Kids’ Clothing A Burn Hazard

By: Amanda Crum - January 18, 2013

Target has just released a voluntary recall on several items of children’s sleepwear, saying they do not meet the federal flammability guidelines.

This recall involves Target Circo and Xhilaration children’s cotton or cotton/fleece two-piece pajama sets. They were sold in infant and toddler sizes 12M, 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T, and in girls and boys sizes XS, S, M, L and XL. There are a variety of colors and designs, including stars, dots, skulls, peace signs, cats, owls, footballs and camouflage. To see a complete list of item numbers included in this recall, visit the firm’s website. The item number is located on a tag on the shirt’s side seam and on the pants at the waist. A tag printed on the neck of the pajamas states “Circo” or “Xhilaration”, “Wear snug-fitting not flame resistant” and the item number. The pajamas were also sold with a yellow hangtag that states, “For child’s safety, garment should fit snugly. This garment is not flame resistant. Loose-fitting garment is more likely to catch fire.” Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajamas away from children and return them to any Target for a full refund, reads the statement.

The styles are either labeled Circo or Xhilaration and come in a wide array of designs. For a complete list of item numbers–which can be found on the clothing in the shirt’s side-seam or on the waistband of the pants–go here.



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  • Mama Tellie

    Why don’t we just keep the kiddos away from open flames?

    • your mother

      that would mean taking responsibility when your kid catches themselves on fire. instead, we’d rather blame the clothes.

      • http://Target Corinna McClellan

        No — there are special chemicals used on children’s pajamas that make them FLAME RETARDANT!! Apparently, the recall is because these have been found not to have that, or enough of it, or it is not working properly. As another poster stated, maybe the flame retardant chemicals are a bigger risk to health than fire, but the facts are facts — it is just this one product category (children’s sleepwear) that is SUPPOSED to contain flame retardant material – not carpets, paints, etc. (as another poster pointed out). Many posters appear ignorant of the industry standard.

  • Daphine H

    Where were these items manufactured?

  • sofie

    TOXIC, chemically-treated fabric on your child’s skin for 12 hours per day is a greater health risk.

    Chemicals used:

    – Halogenated hydrocarbons (chlorine and bromine)

    – Inorganic antimony oxides

    – Phosphate-based compounds

    Nylon, acetate, triacetate, and natural fibers like cotton and silk require chemical processes. Some fabrics are considered inherently flame resistant and do not require the use of chemicals to meet flammability standards. These include polyester, modacrylic, matrix and vinyon. However, in those fabrics, the fire retardants are chemically added at the time the fibers are made.

    I want those Target PJ’s! I would take 10 sets if they are untreated.

    • Sonja

      Thank you! The truth is stranger than fiction…

    • Erika

      My thoughts exactly!!!

  • Stephen

    Let me guess….Made in China or close to it…

  • Joy

    We need to stop drenching childrens clothing in flame retardant clothing because it’s TOXIC chemicals. Their hair can catch on fire and so can their sheets and pillows…. Seriously make sure you have smoke detectors and up to date electrical in your house. Keep items that can catch on fire away from children.

  • Janae

    My whole thing is why they put them out if they going to recall them.

    • your mother

      because they werent expecting ignorant mothers to blame the clothes for their kids catching on fire.

  • Maribel

    I never bought Target PJ’s STOP making a big deal about it. Our kids don’t need to wear dietetic stuff. Please just let the PJs comfy we know. Why don’t you recal carpets, paint or whatever makes fire get close to them. It is inevitable.
    Good luck to all business. And I guess we will see what our children will be wearing to bed :(

  • your mother

    Cotton and fleece are flammable? NO FREAKING WAY!! Thanks, Amanda. I dont know what we’d do if you weren’t here sharing all this common sense!

    • Freddie the Frog

      Really??? Since when is Cotton and fleece flamable??? I would NEVER in a MILLION YEARS EVER FIGURED THAT OUT!!

  • nikyjae

    Instead, let’s keep all candles, lighters, and cigarettes away from out children and teach them… “FIRE BAD, DON’T TOUCH”

  • nikyjae

    Do these pajamas burst into flames by themselves? If they do then that is a totally different story.

  • jonny rocket

    yup, made in china. nothing but quality.

  • D

    No flame retardants is actually a good thing! It unfortunate they’re recalling them. If parents only knew what damage these retardants do to developing brains and bodies, they would never buy flame retardant pajamas again.

  • tina

    I just don’t understand this. Was there an epidemic of kids bursting into flames in their pajamas in the middle of the night and this is why all kids PJ’s have to be flame retardant? It is absolutely absurd. Who likes to sleep in tightly fitting clothes that are sprayed down with chemicals? If my house catches on fire, I’m certainly not going to blame the maker of the pajamas for my child getting burned and I’m certainly not going to think that “fire resistant” material will not catch fire.

    • Thorn

      Every day I see an idiotic story just like this one. Take responsibility for your children, keep them away from all the “burn-y” things. Blaming the clothes for catching fire is just a prime example of what is wrong with this country. NO ONE wants to take personal responsibility anymore. Articles like this are just SAD, and an insult to anyone with any sort of intelligence. Thank goodness this super-mommy decided to share her wisdom with us all – NOT.

  • rick daccardi

    flammable isn’t a word – the word is inflammable but it’s so commonly misused it’s accepted to mean the opposite of it’s definition – and flammable doesn’t mean anything at all because it’s not a real word.

    • NJ

      What dictionary do you use? Flammable (or flammability as the case here) is a word according to Webster’s. It is just used improperly in this article.

  • NJ

    Most people wash them and treat them with fabric softener anyway so it doesn’t really matter.

  • Nina

    IF parents carelessly allow their kids to handle open flames when they should have no business doing that, a kid’s pajamas catching flame will be out of the way. Let us learn to take responsibilities for our negligence.